IBM reached a technological milestone with the reveal of "Watson", an artificial intelligence program so advanced that it has the ability to interpret wordplay and subtle hints. Everyone's seen the movies (and some have even read the books) about the possibility of a robot uprising. These various forms of "entertainment" downplay the potential Armageddon that could be brought on by the technology we love. The idea of the human race being destroyed by a Roomba is a laughable prospect to most people, but the advent of "Watson" and his victory in a practice round against "Jeopardy" dynamos Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter changes things. Science Fiction is quickly becoming reality and your Roomba may be getting smarter -- smart enough to kill you.
BEFORE YOU GO
Jeopardy Robots and 7 Other Reasons Why We're Doomed in a Robot Apocalypse